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265 seats in the House of Commons
133 seats needed for a majority
The Canadian parliament after the 1958 election
The 1958 Canadian federal election was held to elect members of the House of Commons of Canada of the 24th Parliament of Canada on March 31, 1958, just nine months after the 23rd election. It transformed Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's minority into the largest majority government in Canadian history and the second largest percentage of the popular vote. Although the Tories would surpass their 1958 seat total in the 1984 election, the 1958 result (achieved in a smaller House) remains unmatched both in terms of percentage of seats (78.5%) and the size of the Government majority over all opposition parties (a 151-seat majority). Voter turnout was 79.4%.
Diefenbaker called a snap election and capitalized on three factors:
Most of the MPs were elected as the single member for their district, through First past the post. Four MPs were elected in multi-member ridings. These were in Halifax and Queen's (PEI). They were elected through Block Voting.
|Party||Party leader||# of|
|1957||Elected||% Change||#||%||pp Change|
|Progressive Conservative||John Diefenbaker||265||111||208||+87.4%||3,908,633||53.66%||+14.85|
|Liberal||Lester B. Pearson||264||104||48||-53.8%||2,432,953||33.40%||-7.35|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||M.J. Coldwell||169||25||8||-68.0%||692,668||9.51%||-1.20|
|Social Credit||Solon Low||82||19||-||-100%||188,356||2.59%||-3.99|
|Candidats des électeurs||Réal Caouette||1||-||-||-||8,276||0.11%||-0.01|
|Capital familial||H-G Grenier||1||*||-||*||968||0.01%||*|
|Sources: http://www.elections.ca History of Federal Ridings since 1867 Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine|
"Previous" refers to standings at previous election, not to standings in the House of Commons at dissolution.
* The party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
x - less than 0.005% of the popular vote
|Parties that won no seats:|
|Social Credit||Vote (%):||9.6||21.6||0.4||1.8||0.3||0.6||0.7||2.6|
|Independent Liberal||Vote (%):||0.6||0.2||0.2|
|C. des électeurs||Vote (%):||0.4||0.1|
|Independent PC||Vote (%):||0.1||0.1||xx|
|Capitale familiale||Vote (%):||xx||xx|
|Radical chrétien||Vote (%):||xx||xx|
|Independent SC||Vote (%):||0.1||xx|
|Ouvrier canadien||Vote (%):||xx||xx|
|Ind. Conservative||Vote (%):||2.3||xx|
xx - less than 0.05% of the popular vote
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